Miami-Dade, Broward public schools closed indefinitely after Irma

Miami-Dade and Broward public schools will remain closed until further notice due to recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma.

Among the reasons, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a press conference Monday that the schools had to undergo safety inspections.

He also tweeted, “Despite intense weather across Miami-Dade over the weekend, the structural integrity of our schools appears strong. Inspections ongoing.”

Additionally, 42 public schools are still serving as shelters, some on generator power, and there is uncertainty as to when these will close and return to regular school use. Many students and their families used these over the weekend as Irma battered South Florida. Still others fled the region ahead of the storm and it will take some time to return to their homes and routines.

Robert Runcie, Broward Public Schools’ superintendent, made the same decision Monday. Schools are to remain closed until further notice as they, too, undergo safety inspections.

Private schools do not have to adhere to this order, so parents should check with their individual schools as necessary.

In Homestead, Irma’s winds ripped the roof off one of its charter schools.

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Keys Gate Charter High School in Homestead lost its roof in Hurricane Irma.

Monique Madan

Homestead officials have confirmed that Keys Gate Charter High School lost its roof.

“It completely peeled off,” said Zackery Good, a spokesman for Homestead. No word yet on when the school will be operable.

Miami Herald reporter Monique Madan contributed to this story.